Useful information on vinyl and its use in numerous industries.
A 1996 survey showed that vinyl accounted for 19% of the total world plastics production. In Germany alone the vinyl industry provides more than 100,000 jobs. Significant environmental concern has been incorporated into the vinyl industry in recent years. Energy to produce vinyl has been reduced by 15% and No and So emissions reduced by 35%.
The quantity of dioxin emissions from vinyl during incineration is insignificant. The incineration of wood and paper does however produce dioxin. Furthermore, many vinyl products are now recycled.
The Dutch and German national and regional authorities have removed restrictions on vinyl following a scientific re-assessment and are now recommending recyclable vinyl products. Plastics experts in the United States of America predict that if long lasting improvements currently being researched are implemented sales of vinyl material will treble by 2020.
Phthalates used in the manufacturing of some vinyl products, notably gloves, are biodegradable and although much criticism of Phthalates exists, very little evidence of its proven carcinogeniety has been produced. As food safe alternatives to Phthalates exist and to re-assure our partners we have replaced Phthalates in all of our gloves with a food safe alternative.
It is abundantly and scientifically clear that vinyl is a safe modern material for mankind and its environment. It is also clear that much of the criticism leveled at vinyl in recent years was erroneously based, and possibly motivated by reasons of political or commercial gain.
vinyl is today an important part of our daily lives and used in our homes, our work places, our motor cars, our aero planes, our schools and hospitals and contributes positively to mankind's safety, health and well being.
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It is estimated by specialized allergy associations across Europe, that more than 20% of the total European population suffers from some form of allergy. Many of those persons suffer from skin allergies.
It is widely known and recorded that many of the skin allergy sufferers contracted their allergy through wearing rubber gloves. This has caused two major things to happen with rubber gloves.
The CE has introduced a directive that requires that rubber glove packaging must carry a warning that rubber gloves can provoke skin allergies.
The rubber glove industry has implemented a system of control to measure the quantity of proteins in the gloves which are held responsible for provoking allergy. Equally they have set a maximum quantity of protein that should not be exceeded in finished rubber gloves. This way it is intended to lower the risk of skin allergies. To remove unacceptable amounts of proteins the gloves must be repeatedly washed after completion of manufacture so that proteins may be leeched out. It is not possible to completely remove the risk factor of skin allergies from rubber gloves.
Whilst it is now widely recognized and known that rubber gloves carry this allergy provoking risk, it is less well know that Nitrile gloves-which are being promoted by many manufacturers as a hypo-allergenic alternative to Rubber gloves-also carry a risk of provoking allergy.
In effect, and to manufacture nitrile gloves, certain accelerators must be used. Such accelerators can themselves provoke allergies, although the risk from nitrile is known to be lower than that from Rubber. Because of this lower risk, some manufacturers not having the know how or not wishing to invest in the manufacture of vinyl gloves are recommending the use of Nitrile gloves against skin allergies. One glove on the market which claims to be a hypo-allergenic product is made from a mixture of nitrile and latex and actually contains a chemical called Thiazole , a known allergen. So essentially the promotion of Nitrile gloves as hypo-allergenic is misleading because of allergens and accelerators contained in them.
The only material known currently to not contain any allergy provoking composants from which gloves are made is vinyl. All of the vinyl gloves offered by Renmark Ltd are certified as not containing skin irritants and are the best solution for persons seeking to avoid contracting or activating skin allergies.